Photo 365 #191

Revisions continue, and I’m happy to report that I think I’ve crossed that hump I was stuck on.

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I scan my handwritten pages so that I can type them up later, and as I was trying to open the scanner app on my phone, I accidentally activated my camera instead.  When it opened, it showed the image above.  For whatever reason, it spoke to me, and I wanted to share.  I really hope the rest of this revision goes as swimmingly as today’s writing session; I’d love to be done with this revision so that I can polish it up and send it out!

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Sun vs. Snow Critique Workshop

The Sun vs. Snow Contest just ended, and now the ever-lovely Michelle Hauck is running a Sun vs. Snow critique workshop ahead of upcoming contests!  Isn’t she just the best?

Since I’m still revising, I didn’t enter Sun vs. Snow, or any of the other contests that have come and gone over the last few months, even though I reeeally wanted to enter a couple.  But I’m two-thirds of the way through the revision (I think), so I thought, why not?  It’ll soon be time to start polishing, so why not get a little feedback on the beginning?

You can find Michelle’s post and all the details on the workshop here.  It’s open till the 21st, so there’s still time to enter if you’ve got something you’d like feedback on.  In the meantime, here’s my entry:

Photo Friday already?

Once upon a time, I was quite adept at climbing trees.  This tree was at my grandparents’ house and did a fantastic job of shading their driveway.  I remember, quite vividly, perching in one of its many crotches and writing my first poem (a copy of which I still have somewhere in my office).


When Bubbles was born, I was disappointed that we didn’t have any good climbing trees in our yard.  Then I moved to town, and each new place also lacked good climbing trees.  At last we have a place with lots of trees for the kids to climb, and they’ve taken to it like ducks to water (the older ones, anyway).  To me, there’s nothing quite like climbing a tree for fun and adventure.

Don’t forget to stop by Charnele’s blog and take a gander at her throwback post!

Did you climb trees when you were a kid?  Do you let your kids climb them?

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Photo 365 #189

I arrived home last night to find two packages sitting by my garage.  We occasionally get packages, and occasionally our letter carrier actually leaves them by our garage as we’ve requested a whole bunch of times.  But last night, I was surprised to find that one of them was addressed to me.

I hadn’t ordered anything recently, so what in the world could it be?  The return address indicated that it had come from California, but I couldn’t remember if the ZIP code listed was the same as my bestie’s or not, and if it was, I couldn’t figure out what she would be mailing me.



But then I opened the box, and remembered that I’d joined Blurb’s Coffee & Quill Society back in November, and here they were sending me a free coffee mug!  I do love freebies, especially the useful sort.  Now I have something with which to imbibe my writerly go-juice at home, and I can’t wait to try it out tonight. 🙂

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Photo 365 #188

TLC Revision Notes 4_2So, how’s the writing been going?

Well, uh…

You see that picture to the right?  It’s taken me all week to write that much (plus two lines on the preceding page).  You might say it’s been slow going.  Lord knows I would.

In fact, I might even go so far as to say that writing this particular section of The Price of Mercy has been akin to pulling teeth, to pounding my head against the table until words bleed out, to prying the sweet story meat from my brain with a crowbar.  In short, it’s been a brutal, bloody mess, and I hope that when I finish this revision and get the think edited, it reads well because writing it has been a complete and total #*!@$.

What have you all been up to lately?

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Photo 365 #187

It’s another plain gray day out there.  Plain gray days are not helping my ability to wake up and stay focused.


This is another shot from my trip out of the house over the weekend.  This is the sort of thing that might help me stay awake and focused and all those other grown-up, responsible-type things.

*passes out*

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Photo 365 #186

It’s another Monday, and since I’m actually having a decent hair day, I thought I’d share:

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All the cool kids are using number two pencils to hold their hair back.  At least they used to, anyway.

This hair accessory decision has been brought to you by Buffy Summers.  Because I’m reliving my youth through hair accessories. 🙂

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Photo 365 #184

In desperate need of some decongestant, I made a trip to town this morning, and this was the sight that greeted me:

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The sun on the snow was so bright that my head throbbed all the way there and back, but it was worth it to get it on film (so to speak).  What a beautiful day!

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